Indonesian National Police Chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri said Thursday that terrorists operating in the country were using modern banking services to raise funds to finance their activities without being detected.
"These people are starting to use phone and internet banking to manage their finances, besides the traditional way of using courier services," Bambang told a hearing with the House of Representatives' Commission III overseeing legal and security affairs.
He said that according to police investigations, modern banking services help the terrorists collect money.
Detective Chief Commader General Susno Duadji, who also attended the meeting, said that to conceal their identities, the suspected terrorists used fake identities or assumed their family or friends' identities when applying for banking services.
"There are thousand of ways that could be used by these terrorists to cover up their operation, including borrowing their families or friends' bank account to receive funds that were transferred for acts of terror," he said.
--The Jakarta Post/ANN